John Terry says he stuck with the number 26 shirt at Chelsea because of the fans

John Terry wore the number 26 throughout his Chelsea career

John Terry was a brilliant player during during his time as a professional footballer.

The defender came through the youth system at Chelsea, making his debut for the club in 1998 at the age of just 17.

He would play 19 seasons for his boyhood club, amassing 717 appearances and scoring 67 times in the process.

Terry would help his side to 17 major honours, including five Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph.

It can be said without doubt that he is one of the best players to ever feature for the club.

Terry was given the number 26 shirt when he made his debut for Chelsea and, interestingly, Terry never switched numbers.

Presumably, Terry would have had the chance to switch to a shirt number commonly worn by centre-backs, but he never changed.

So, why is that?

John Terry made 717 appearances for Chelsea

Terry has been asked that question on Instagram, and he gave a quality answer.

"When I broke into the first team at Chelsea that was my number and I had some fans with my name and number on their shirts," he wrote.

"I didn't want them paying out for another shirt."

Superb stuff from the former Chelsea captain. That's exactly why fans of the west London club adored him during his playing days and why he will forever be a legend in their eyes.

Terry also answered a number of other questions related to his Chelsea career.

The 38-year-old named Marcel Desailly as his favourite centre-back partner, saying: "He was so good to me as a 17-year-old coming through at Chelsea".

He said his favourite Chelsea goal was his goal against Barcelona in the Champions League in 2005.

Watch that goal below:

When asked if Hazard will stay, Terry replied: "I hope so."

He also named Jose Mourinho as his favourite manager to play under, while he also couldn't help mocking Tottenham Hotspur for their lack of trophies in recent years.

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